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Hydrodipping DIY - Pics

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by JoeDeeJay, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. JoeDeeJay
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    [Aug 8, 2013]
    Hey there, just thought I'd share with you guys my project of the day!

    I bought the black abs plastic grill badges off eBay, with having a black car I thought it blended in too much so thought I'd have a dabble at Hydrodipping in Carbon Fibre

    Materials needed/used

    Masking Tape
    Scissors
    Sand Paper
    Plastic Primer
    Base Coat (I used Nimbus Grey)
    Clear Lacquer
    Hydrodip Film
    Hydrodip Activator Spray
    Tank/Tub begin enough and deep enough to completely submerge the dipped part

    Plenty of guides on youtube and google that I followed but here are a few pics I took along the way

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    Before Lacquer
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    After lacquer
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    I'll get a pic of it on the car later on tomorrow after Ive left the lacquer to competely set. What are peoples initial thoughts? I probably spent tops of £35 for everything and have plenty of film + paint left to do other tiddly bits should I want to
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    [Aug 9, 2013]
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    What are peoples thoughts? Yay or nay? Personally think it looks better than the gloss black badge I had on
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    [Aug 9, 2013]
    Interesting, better than Black on Black - thanks for sharing :icon_thumright:
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    I was quoted £30 by a company to do my front/rear badge so thought Id have a punt at it myself. Glad I did, I still have a good 80cm worth of carbon film to play with. Not really sure what else I could do mind you lol :)
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    leeds2592 When I grow up, I want a 964!

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    Looks good dude, I'm a fan of Carbon and Black together.

    Maybe do the lower grey splitter in middle of the front bumper Carbon if you've got enough?
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    [Aug 9, 2013]
    What about mirror covers
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    Could do the surround plastic on the wing mirror rather than the caps themselves, wouldnt be as in your face then.

    Like the idea of the front splitter too, wouldnt even need to give it a base coat it as its already titanium in colour, although finding a tank big enough to submerge it in might be a task
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    danb986 In awe of VCDS

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    [Aug 9, 2013]
    How about the bath?

    I'm new to this stuff, is it removable if you don't like it, or is it pretty final?
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    [Aug 9, 2013]
    It isnt removable like a vinyl. I did a few trial runs first on my old audi badge, I did manage to strip it off with some mild thinners but I wouldnt recommend doing that on any plastic as it will just melt/bubble
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